Seven Complete Law Enforcement Academy

Seven graduates from the Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy were honored during a special ceremony. The class successfully completed both the state certification exam and the physical fitness requirements of the program.

5.LEA_Class_of_2016The following graduates were recognized:

Defiance County: Jesse Barrera (Defiance), Jacob Norden (Defiance)
Fulton County: Jonathon Perez (Wauseon)
Henry County: Jacob Willford (Malinta), David Steward (Napoleon)
Williams County: Zachary Erb (Stryker), John Rathke (Pioneer)

Several students from the graduating class received additional recognition. David Steward was presented with the Top Gun Award for earning the highest score on the firing range. Jacob Willford received the Commander’s Citation of Excellence. Zachary Erb received the Deputy Allan D. Ohlrich Outstanding Cadet Award.

Special recognition was given to Officer Timothy Stecker for completing 15 years as an instructor.

The Northwest State Community College Law Enforcement Academy is an eight-month program that is offered annually. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A new class is forming now and is scheduled to begin in August. For more information on the academy, contact Lori Robison, dean of the Allied Health & Public Services Division, at 419.267.1342 or